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support of mitt romney. he will also talk about his views on u.s. foreign aid. join us for "newsmakers" at 10:00 a.m. eastern on c-span. >> we want to introduce to you robert o'harrow, an investigative reporter at the washington post. he has been riding an occasional series on cyber security threats for that newspaper. mr. o'harrow, welcome to "the communicators." let's start with 0 day. what is zero day? >> zero day is the name that hackers give to a vulnerability and software that allows a bad guy into a computer system. these gaps take a lot of forms. they have not been previously discovered. so there is no way to block them. when a hacker has a zero day, with the right tools and school bills, they can't. into a system and take control. -- with the right tools and skills, they can take over system. >> how would you describe this series? >> it is really the mission that we were looking into cyber security and cyber war. the pentagon had declared cyberspace the environment of people and machines and networks as a new domain of war, and get we realize that maybe one in 1000 people real
from a second obama administration or a first romney administration. joining us in our discussion is john kneuer. he used to be the administrator of telecommunications under the george w. bush administration and ed paisley is also with us a long time journalist. he's currently vice president for editorial for the center for american progresses action fund. and mr. paisley tbb we could start with you. how would you describe president obama's overall philosophy when it comes to tech and communications issues? >> guest: i would include tech communications in science. i think all three go together. i think it's -- one from the other or two from the other. the overall philosophy is trying to figure out the best way in which the federal government can work cooperatively with the private sector in improving u.s. competitiveness. and the administration did a number of different public private partnership in a lot of arena trying to boost our science and innovation capabilities. as a broad philosophical focus for what he thinks of as progressive agenda to help boost our economic -- around
of an internet sales tax has reared up again and, in fact, the u.s. congress and many states are looking at this issue, and that's our topic this week on "the communicators." now, we want to start off by talking with the chairman of the california state board of equalization, jerome horton. mr. horton, california has recently changed how it manages or its taxation policies when it comes to the internet, hasn't it? >> guest: yes, peter, it has. it broadened the definition of what's taxable in california to include online retailers who meet certain criteria. >> host: now, you said you've broadened. how was it before, and now who is included? >> guest: prior to the law, the sales tax didn't apply to companies that had affiliates and worked through various different groups here in the state of california. the law broadened the definition of who actually qualifies to include those individuals. so now online retailers who have affiliates in the state of california who also have some form of brick and mortar either directly or indirectly working through other groups and partnerships and so fort
the country can undstand and so maybe start the process of coming up with ways for us to defend cyberspace better. >> hos wel if look at cyberace the united states rinow, how wouldou debe surityverall? much as we would deribe, maybe, crime or break-ins in a neighborhood? >> guest: well in the spirit of the explanatory mission we have, you can't really talk about cyberspace in the united states. a computer user in washington, d.c. or in wichita or san francisco is effectively working shoulder to shoulder with a computer user in beijing or in moscow. there's literally no seconds of difference in space and time in cyberspace. so i thought i'd point that out. as for the security, the reality is that, um, it's almost remarkable how vulnerabl comp sysms are. and cyberspace, um, is not what most people think it is. most people now equate cyberspace with the bear net. -- internet. but if they want to think about what cyberspace is, it's the gps system on the new cars, it's the iphone and the droids, it's jet fighters and jet planes. anything that is driven by computers, excuse me, by computer cod
conversation is one of our guest reporters. >> let us talk a bit more about communication. you were just mentioning -- do you think in a few years tech companies will be competitive with cable companies in wire line access? >> i think so. there has been an increased amount of competition. last year alone, $66 billion of infrastructure investments -- that is a substantial amount. especially in the current economic climate. i cannot believe they would not make eight investment if they did not think it was a competitive marketplace. -- a investment if they did not think it was a competitive marketplace. the rules of the road are going to be -- they wanted the rules of the road to be predictable. we want to make sure we are doing everything we can to make sure their regulatory framework is predictable. >> one of the hottest topics in communications as a spectrum and the incentive auction. should one entity or company be able to purchase all of the spectrum made available through this option? >> we have to ensure robust participation. that applies not just to the reverse auction, but also to
it was developed by the u.s. government? >> guest: yes according to the reporting. >> host: what was its purpose? was at a defense mechanism by the defense department? >> guest: no, it was a purely preemptive effort to slow the nuclear weapons processing capability of iran. >> host: you mention charlie miller and mr. miller is in st. louis and he joins us today on "the communicators." mr. miller, what was your goal in breaking into the iphone? >> guest: in that particular case it was for a concept like robert mentioned. they had hackers across the world and they had various devices. if you break into a device you can wind some cash in the device also. i won the contest a few times. earlier my career was more about showing things like iphones or you know, apple software were vulnerable because it really was an believe that it was but now it's just -- i have shown vulnerabilities in the iphone and attacks where i can send a text message to the iphone and taken over. all these are fixed now. part of the contest is all these vulnerabilities being fixed. a fun way to show off your skills and so every
fcc commissioners, ajit pai, one of the republicans on the commission. thanks for being with us on "the communicators." >> guest: thanks very much for having me. >> host: in july you spoke at carnegie mellon, and you talked a little bit about the regulatory process, the slowness of the process and the fcc's -- the way the fcc does business. i want to get your further thoughts on that and also get you to reflect on your first few months on the federal communications commission. >> guest: well, thank you for the question, and thanks again for having me. it's a privilege to be on the show. at carnegie mellon, one of the things i tried to identify was ways that the fcc could establish a regulatory framework that would allow the ict or information and communications technology sector, to really be a leader in job creation and economic growth. it historically has been one of the most dynamic parts of the economy, but in recent years if you look at the statistics from the labor department, job growth and economic growth has slowed. i identified three basic areas where i thought the fcc
by definition of california law and, therefore required to report and collect the use tax to the state of california. companies that are now included would include amazon, best buy, and wal-mart, that are making sales online. there are other criteria you have to make a million dollars, i believe in total revenue, and ten thousand dollars a year to california consumers, something along those lines. >> now, mr. horton, how much in revenue does the state of california expect to generate through this new taxation policy, and what's the rate of taxation? >> peter, the rate varies, depending on the definition, where the product is delivered, but it's somewhere around 9.75%. the total revenue that the state of california anticipated it was losing was $1.4 billion. we believe that this new law will allow us to collect and generate additional $317 million a year, of which approximately $83 million attributed to amazon alone. >> host: now, 9.75%, is that the same as the state sales tax. >> guest: the tax rate isle and the same as the state sales tax. because we have in california a destination t
prescription drugs. >> host: and joining us this week on "the communicators" is dade cohen, come cam's -- comcast's executive vice president. the last time you were on this program was april 2009 -- >> guest: sounds like an eternity. [laughter] >> host: just a few months before comcast bought a lot of nbc. do you feel fully integrated? >> guest: i don't know that we're fully integrated, but i think we feel very comfortable with the asset and with the level of integration between the two companies. they're, obviously, very different businesses, very different companies, and steve burke had a great vision going in that he wanted to bring the best parts of the comcast culture and the comcast management culture but respect the differences between the companies and the unique, you know, some of the unique approaches and cultures of nbc universal as being an entertainment and a content and a news and an information company as opposed to a distribution company. and i think, i think steve's been able to execute that balance, um, almost perfectly. in bringing the parts of the company together
can work with the states. give the states the power to use the money the way they want to. i agree to a certain degree the federal government needs to get out of the way, but as far as providing block grants, that what the federal government should do. >> congressman cantor. cantor: again, i would just say that, wayne, you just mischaracterized my statements once again. i said i am for block grants. i think that the state ought to have control. i'm not saying that washington shouldn't give the states the money. yes, states should have the money from washington, okay? transportation is a governmental function. and, yes, we all believe that i think in the jeffersonian tradition of a limited government. and that's what we're trying to get to. and so, you know, you mentioned the lowest tax revenue and you didn't say since when, but i will tell you there's a reason for that. the reason is because we have a lackluster economy. there's not enough economic activity. the whole discussion that we've had tonight comes back to that; how are we going to create more economic activity? we do so b
the federal government can work cooperatively with the private sector in improving u.s. economic competitiveness in whatever ranger is. the administration has done a number of private-partnerships -- private-public partnerships. as a broad philosophical focus for what he thinks on that as a progressive agenda to help boost our economic competitiveness around the globe -- on telecom communications in particular, i am far less than -- of an expert then he is. in general, i would say the administration is much more in the regulatory, how to deal with various constituencies, of various different businesses trying to balance the different issues, the different kinds of industries, at. these administration looks on -- and i may be speaking to broadly here -- i think the administration looks more on the far reaching investments in science and innovation as their policy agenda, compared to trying to work out where telecommunications firms can invest, because they can do that pretty well on the rhone. they are quick to adapt. there are regulatory issues that define that there. >> the same
is put to the highest value use, so the question is, what is the highest valued use? in the current environment, highest valued use is typically measured by who is the highest bidder at the auction. but one of the artificial limits that i was mentioning was setting a limit in particular markets, especially where certain providers can't hold more than x amount. and if that amount that we limit, where we set the limit is not based on, you know, particular facts identifying competitive realities in the marketplace, our -- that view could unintendedly, you know, limit how robust the spectrum auction could be. >> host: now, commissioner pai, one of the concerns from the broadcasters is, first of all, they don't have extra spectrum is one of their thoughts, and also the spectrum that they gave up earlier has not been put into use. are those fair concerns? >> guest: well, i think it is important for us to take into account those concerns, and one of the four principles that i outlined in my statement when we approved the order last friday is that whatever action the commission takes, it as
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